Five star Boro

ON TARGET ... Curtis Bernard opens the scoring for Boro in the 5-0 win at Thackley
ON TARGET ... Curtis Bernard opens the scoring for Boro in the 5-0 win at Thackley

FIREWORKS are always on the cards on Bonfire Night and Scarborough Athletic didn’t disappoint.

Boro lit the blue touchpaper in the very first minute and they continued to catch light for the rest of a sparkling display.

It took just 42 seconds for Boro to warm the visiting supporters and it was Curtis Bernard who turned on the afterburners to open the account.

Bernard outpaced the Thackley defence to latch onto a long ball. He cut neatly onto his left foot and then stroked home into the bottom corner.

The advantage could have been doubled seconds later when Naylor rose majestically in the box, but Matt Convey saved well.

Naylor made no mistake in the 11th minute, as Bill Law burst clear on the right and fed Jimmy Ghaichem. His far-post cross was met by Naylor, who picked out the back of the net.

It didn’t take long before a third goal arrived. Ryan Blott latched onto a Law ball and smashed in from an angle via a deflection.

The pace of Bernard continued to cause the problems, and he stormed clear once again, but Convey saved well.

There was a lull in the action after this, before a last minute of the half climax, which made it four at the break.

Paddy Miller jinked away on the left and crossed neatly for Naylor, who again met the ball powerfully and found the back of the goal.

Thackley’s Dean Walters almost gave his side a glimmer in the opening minute of the second period, but his drive was well saved by Kevin Martin.

After that Boro reclaimed full control of the fixture.

Bernard’s fine effort on the turn was held by Convey, then the pacy attacker drilled in a low cross, which was cut out just before it reached Blott.

Boro’s Blott was again unlucky in the seconds that followed, as he was thwarted following a lofted Hackworth header.

Blott wasn’t going to be denied though and he wrapped up the scoring with comfortably the best goal of the game.

He collected 35 yards from goal on the left, cut easily past three players and smashed the ball into the top corner.

Boro switched down through the gears after this and cruised to their seventh consecutive league win, which kept them in touch with the high-flyers.